Waste management

Finishing line in sight for research students

Student posters on display

NDA Research Manager Rick Short reflects on a two-day technical conference that brought together 100-plus industry representatives, PhD researchers, academics from the UK and overseas scientists – all committed to shedding new light on some long-standing complexities associated with nuclear decommissioning.

What’s inside? How do we get to it? How do we clean it or cut it up? How do we sort and package it?

Nigel Hale, from DroneOps, shares his thoughts on the recent brokering event that he joined to understand more about these questions and the potential answers. The NDA's Integrated Innovation Competition for Nuclear Decommissioning is an opportunity for companies to bid for and share £3 million of funding for projects that will address some major challenges at Sellafield.

We’re really digging deep into the detail

Team members Adrian Jones, Gill Thomas, Laura Baker and David Edwards

Site Assessment Group leader David Edwards explains how his team of multi-disciplinary specialists has been carrying out in-depth scrutiny of on-the-ground decommissioning work at some of the earliest nuclear sites as well as the latest nuclear archive project. The group aims to build a comprehensive understanding of progress to support NDA teams that are based off site.

End in sight for reprocessing nuclear fuel at Sellafield

Reprocessing

Martin Leafe, Director, Spent Fuel Management at Sellafield Ltd, explains how, over the next four years, the commercial reprocessing of spent fuel will end, and the site will move to full-scale decommissioning, remediation and waste management. This important change of focus is one of the milestones outlined in the draft NDA Business Plan.

First of the UK’s earliest nuclear sites to be sealed for a period of “care and maintenance”

"Care and maintenance" period

Scott Raish, a Site Closure Director for Magnox Ltd, explains how Bradwell nuclear site in Essex will, in 2019, be the first of 11 Magnox sites across the UK to have its reactors and waste stores safely sealed for several decades. This is a significant future milestone from the latest NDA draft business plan, which we seek your views on.